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After UP Conquest, PM Modi Lays Out Mission 2022 for New India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out the vision for a new India where the poor and the downtrodden would take charge of their own lives and declared 2022 as the year this new India would rise and shine, when the country marks 75th anniversary of Independence.

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Updated:March 12, 2017, 8:26 PM IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out the vision for a new India where the poor and the downtrodden would take charge of their own lives and declared 2022 as the year this new India would rise and shine, when the country marks 75th anniversary of Independence.

In an emotional speech at the BJP HQ thanking the BJP workers in five states, who delivered a resounding victory for the party in the Assembly elections, Modi said the poll results have laid out the foundation for the new India of his mind.

Throughout the 35-minute speech, the PM played the role of a statesman appealing to all sections of society cutting across socio-political divides. “The governments we form will be for those who voted for us and those who did not vote us. It will be also for those who stood against us. The government and the BJP has no right to discriminate,” he said.

But the core of his speech was reserved for laying out the roadmap for a new India that will go beyond slogan and rhetoric and realise the potential of its 1.2 billion citizens, of which 65% are under 35 years old.

“India can prosper only when the poor get an opportunity to study, work and earn. The poor of this country are its strength. The middle class is burdened today. They have to pay more taxes, follow all the rules, bear a huge financial burden. This burden should lessen… Even the poor want to be self-reliant in this new India,” he said.

The PM said the target for this new India should be 2022, asserting he is not bothered by electoral calculations. “I don’t live by election calculations. My target is 2022, not 2019. 2022 will mark 75 years of India’s Independence,” he said.

The PM tied it all with the historic mandate the BJP received in UP, which he said was a classic case of new aspirations where people put development above differences. “Elections have seen waves before, but that was for emotional reasons. This one is for development,” he said.

“It’s a good thing that polling percentage is increasing in the country. Political pundits are forced to think as to how landmark verdicts are delivered after huge polling,” he said.

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| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi
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